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community access hours provided to individuals. It is predicted that the output for ‘community access’ will remain above the target figures for the rest of 2004-05 because of this. The target will be revised in 2005-06 based on the data gathered in 2004-05.

Disability ACT will continue to revise its targets based on information gathered through the contracting process.

Housing—waiting lists
(Question No 36)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 8 December 2004:

(1) Does the September 2004 Quarterly Performance Report Output Class 1, Housing Services, Output 1.1, Public Housing Services and Policy indicate that there is a reduction in the number of public housing tenants exiting public housing due to the tight private rental market; if so, can the Minister please explain what is being done to combat this trend to prevent the public housing waiting lists from continuing to escalate out of control;

(2) Why has Housing A.C.T. failed to meet its target in relation to new clients/transfer visits;

(3) Why was tenant satisfaction not been measured in the first quarter but is being conducted later in the year;

(4) Why are there a high number of properties on the southside of Canberra experiencing long delays for routine maintenance;

(5) What is the breakdown in costs for (a) tenancy management costs of $4 341 000 for the first quarter and (b) property management costs of $18 882 000 for the first quarter;

(6) Which multi-unit properties is he referring to in the statement at point 6 of the notes accompanying Output Class 1 which states ‘In particular, depreciation costs are below budget due to the revisions to the remaining useful life of certain multi unit properties, which has reduced the depreciation charge’.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Housing ACT is continuing to work closely to improve relations with tenants, Community Housing providers and the community to provide sustainable tenancies and sustainable communities in the ACT. There is no intention by this Government to combat the trend of an increasing number of successful tenancies in the social housing sector in order to prevent an increase in the Applicant List.

Last December, the Chief Minister announced an additional $33M capital injection to increase the supply of social housing in the ACT. In the 2004-05 budget, a further $20m capital injection over the next four years was identified. This represents a significant commitment from this Government to supporting and expanding the social housing sector.

The Government is also putting considerable effort into implementing the Public Housing Asset Management Strategy to ensure the properties available to applicants for social

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